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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Jan 18, 2010 8:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sets

I always think is was funny, how they would talk about trying to " dispense with some of the regular things about our show that have gotten to be so predictable", and then just falling back into the same pattern . I recall an interview with Hornsby , in Relix , about his time with the Dead, and how much resistance he would get when he would try to shake things up a little , out of the comfort zone.
The short term unpredictability , brought out by the way they choose songs, created a larger scale predictability . Advantages, and disadvantages .
One of the ways Phil ( and Bobby?) comes up with such interesting set lists , is to map them out before hand . Now this takes away from a little of the spontaneous ."seat of you pants" feel, but you avoid some of the, "Other One>Wharf Rat>S. Mag." end of show , song selection ( I deliberately chose songs I love ) that you could guess in your sleep .